Seth M. Siegel, Author of NY Times Best Selling 'Let There Be Water,' Joins OC Water Summit Program

Orange County Water Summit Set for June 16

Seth M. Siegel, author of the New York Times best-selling novel “Let There be Water,” is the keynote speaker for the 10th Annual Orange County Water Summit, which will be held on June 16 at Disney’s Grand Californian.

More than 350 Southern California water industry leaders are expected to attend the event, which will be emceed by NBC4 Weathercaster Fritz Coleman.

Tickets are on sale now for the Summit, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sponsorships are also available, see for ticket or sponsorship information. 

Siegel’s book, published in 2015, documents how Israel transformed itself from a water-starved desert region to producing enough water to supply its neighbors. Israel changed its water fortunes with investment in technology as well as more efficient irrigation practices. Siegel’s work provides a roadmap for other regions, including California, to prepare – and avoid – future water shortages.

Siegel is just one of a day full of interesting panelists who will discuss cutting edge water projects and policies. Also participating in the 2017 OC Water Summit is TEDTalk veteran Dr. David Sedlak, of  University of California, Berkeley, who authored “Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource.”

Speakers aren’t limited to authors and those from academia. Jeffrey Kightlinger, the General Manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, is a panelist, along with Marcie Edwards, the former General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Rich Nagel, the General Manager of West Basin Municipal Water District, the Honorable Helene Schneider, Mayor of Santa Barbara, David J. Stoldt, General Manager of Monterey Peninsula Water Management District and Col. Kirk E. Gibbs, the Commander of the Los Angeles District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Additional speakers are being confirmed as the event approaches.

The OC Water Summit is organized jointly by the Orange County Water District and Municipal Water District of Orange County, with major sponsorship from the Disney Resort. It is funded solely by sponsorships and attendance. For more information, see